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deficit for a second straight month in december, that is the first time since 1985 that the current account balance turned to the red for two consecutive months. finance ministry officials say the current account deficit for december about $2.8 billion. the trade balance registered a deficit of about $6 billion. exports fell 6.9% while imports were up about 0.8% from the previous year in yen terms. as a result, the current account surplus for the entire year of 2012 turned out to be the smallest based on comparable data available since 1985. the surplus fell 50.8% from the previous year to $50.2 billion. >>> and across oceans the president of the european central bank expects the region's weakness to prevail for sometime. policymakers at the bank decided to keep the key interest rate unchanged. it's at record low level to support europe's ailing economy. the members of the central bank decided the rate should be maintained at 0.75% for a seventh month in a row. european central bank president draghi said the decision is essential to support the region's economic activity which remai
the government to cut the fiscal deficit by reviewing social security spending. the budget is a lingering concern for lawmakers. they must come up with measures to resolve the issues of spending cuts by early march. here in japan the jobless rate in december has gotten worse. the number of jobs on offer for people seeking work has seen the first increase in five months. the latest data from the internal affairs ministry shows unemployment for december was 4.2%. that's up .1 of a point from december. the number of people without a job increased by 70,000 to 27.8 million. those with a job fell 350,000 to 62.6 million. as for the whole of 2012 the job situation improved. the average unemployment rate last year stood at 4.3%. that's down .3 of a point from the previous year. the labor ministry announced that the ratio of job vacancies to seekers improved slightly in december. it says 82 position were available for every 100 job seekers. the weak yen and rising share prices are behind an increasingly attractive japanese equity market. they have seen earnings swing back into black. japan's largest secu
was in a deficit by about $4.7 billion. the surplus in the primary balance is a key milestone in greece's efforts to restore its fiscal health. but the greek public is largely unhappy with the government's measures. major labor unions across the country are calling for a general strike later this month. >>> u.s. justice department officials have demanded $5 billion in damages from standard & poor's. they say the credit rating agency caused losses to investors by giving high scores to mortgage-backed securities. department officials said they filed the civil lawsuit against the credit rating agency. they claim the s&p knew the housing market was at risk in 2007. they say they inflated their ratings of loans and other financial products to avoid losing clients. >> s&p misled investors, including many federally insured financial institutions, causing them to lose billions of dollars. this alleged conduct is egregious. and it goes to the very heart of the recent financial crisis. >> the officials said investors trusted s&p ratings and suffered losses of at least $5 billion and they want that money ba
it far easier for ireland to bring down its budget deficit. >> german carmaker diamond has reported record sales for 2012, but it did miss its profit target. timeless says profits were 8.6 billion euros, which is below its 2011 results -- daimler says profits were 8.6 billion euros. >> weak demand in europe weighed on the mercedes luxury car division. they did boost the bottom line by selling a stake in the eads and aerospace group. the company also announced measures to increase its presence in china. the german foreign minister is in the philippines on a mission to boost trade ties. berlin has had frosty relations with manila ever since a trade dispute in the 1990's. >> westerwelle said to some to put that behind the two countries and rebuild relations. germany is manila's biggest trading partner, and strong growth between the two is expected. >> it is the first time in more than a decade that a german foreign minister has paid a visit to the philippines. during talks with his counterpart in manila, the finance minister said they were eager to do more business with the pacific nat
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